Mostly, I love putting actual food into the center of a table and making that the focus and centerpiece. However, there is something dreamy and inviting about candles this time of year, isn't there? I often light them while I'm cooking dinner and before I know it, my people are hovering, anticipating something special, even on a weekday night. I love that, because with teens in sports and activities, dinner can be very hit-or-miss! (As an aside, I do believe in lighting your candles regularly! I often work in homes where a candle sits, dusty with non-use, and a pristine wick bends sideways, begging for a purpose. I itch to light and enjoy it!)
I have a bit of a love affair with tapers. (I don't like most taper candle holders though because they seem sort of lonely unless you fill the spaces around them with spectacular flowers and such... and then we've crossed that line into a fussy centerpiece and I'm out... unless it's a special occasion.) I've seen drilled out wood chunks, holding votives or tapers other places, and always appreciated the simplicity. I asked my husband to help me make this and he loves me so much he let me take some photos and share his details and measuring with you so that you can make one without dealing with all of the math. I love the look of raw wood, but my tabletop is sealed barn wood so I went with a whitewash (an equal mix of white craft paint and water, brushed on in several coats.) Obviously, you could make yours and not do a thing to it... that would have been my first choice if my table was white!
In the end, you'll end with 16 candle holes in a 3 foot chunk of wood. (please see my note beside the drill bit, below) The cost for this project is minimal which is the best part. This entire project cost me less than a grocery store bouquet of flowers. I had the paint and drill bit on hand. I did have some candles on hand, but I purchased another box. I even got my board cut for free, plus 70% off at Home Depot, because I chose a bad board...or at least they said it was. It looked fine to me but for around $3, I didn't argue! (It had some sap and knots but I left that cut piece with them and took the good end.)
Here's what you'll need:
*Drill bit 3/4" (*Note- we tried this size bit ahead of time on scrap wood and tried putting in my tapers. It was a tight fit that required me to kind of screw the taper in, shaving the bottom wax out a bit as I pushed down, and I liked how secure that felt but you may want to use a slightly larger bit so feel free to experiment if you like.)
*3 feet long 4x6 untreated wood plank
*felt adhesive pads for the underside
*stain, paint or finish of your choice
Here's how you'll create this:
Mark 2 straight lines down the board in pencil, 1 3/4" from the side edges, for candle hole rows. You'll be staggering each drilled hole on those lines.
Drill down about an inch deep, keeping the drill straight so you don't end up with leaning candles.
Paint, stain or distress any way you desire.
I hope you enjoyed this DIY and let me know if you've got any questions in comments and I'll do my best to answer them.